You often find yourself and not exactly willingly having to share the use of your computer with other family members, everyone has their own user account with password in tow but the risk that someone else can get hold of relevant files is always behind. the corner. Given the situation, so let me give you a simple but often underestimated tip: use gods programs to encrypt files, in such a way as to make documents, images and anything else you want to protect inaccessible to unauthorized third parties.
How do you say? This would seem to be interesting but you don't have the slightest idea what resources to employ? No problem, I can take care of it, with this guide of mine focused precisely on the subject. Give me a few minutes of your precious time and together we will find out which software you have on your side to succeed in the business. There are lots of them, all free, for both Windows and Mac. You just have to choose what you think is best for you, download it and… use it!
Then? How about finally putting the chatter aside and taking action? Yes? Great. Then position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and start focusing on the information you find right below. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied. Good job"!
The first among the file encryption programs I want to tell you about is Encrypto. It is a free software available for both Windows and Mac that allows you to encrypt any file, whether it is a text document, a photo, a video or an entire folder, with AES-256 encryption. It's super easy to use (everything is done with a simple drag and drop) and also has a nice interface.
To download it to your computer, first connect to the program's website and then click on the button Download for Windows (if you are using Windows) or on that Download on the Mac App Store (Stai using a Mac).
Subsequently, if what you are using is a Windows PC, open the .exe file obtained, click on Run and Si. Select the voice I accept the Terms of Services and click on Next then press on Install now.
If you are using a Mac, press the button View in Mac App Store in the Web page that appears and then on the button Ottieni / Installa in the window of Mac App Store that opened on the desktop. If prompted, enter the password of your Apple ID and then wait for the download and installation procedure of the program to be started and completed. Then go to the Launchpad and start Ecrypto from there, by clicking on its icon.
Regardless of the operating system, now that you see the program window, press on Next three times and then on Skip. Then drag the file you want to encrypt onto the Encrypto window.
Then type the password you want to use to protect your file in the field Password at the bottom and press the button Encrypt. At the end of the procedure, click on Save As to choose the location to save the returned cracked file.
Then, when you want, you can decrypt the file by simply double clicking on it and typing the previously set password in the program window that will automatically appear on the screen. Then press on decrypt to confirm the completion of the operation.
Drag'n Crypt ULTRA (Windows)
Are you looking for an alternative to the above program and do you use Windows? Then you will certainly be happy to meet Drag'n'Crypt ULTRA. It is a small free and no-install software that allows you to encrypt files and make them inaccessible to those who do not know the password. In addition to being extremely safe, it makes ease of use one of its main qualities.
To use it, connect to the download page of the program attached to the website of Softpedia and presses the button Download which is at the top left. Then press the button Softpedia Mirror (EU) in the window that appears and wait for the software download to be started and completed.
Then extract the ZIP archive obtained in any location on your computer and start the file DCU present inside, select Italian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language in the window you see appear and presses on OK.
Now, drag the file you want to encrypt on the program icon that appears on the screen and type the password you want to use to protect it in the fields Key e Repeat. Then press on the button Crypt and it's done.
Keep in mind that the encrypted files are replaced with files with the extension .dcu, which cannot be opened without dragging them back into the program icon and typing the password set previously.
As its name suggests quite easily, ProtectFile is another file encryption program that allows you to protect any type of document, photo or video with a password. It's free, for Windows operating systems and it's very easy to use. However, this in no way means that the encrypted files are not sufficiently protected.
You ask me how to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. First, visit the download page on the website of Softpedia and download the software to your computer by clicking on the button first Download which is at the top left and then on the button Softpedia Secure Download (US).
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, click on Run, its Si, its OK and Next. Then select the item I accept the ageement and click to anchor your Next twice, come on install and finally presses on Finish.
Now, locate the file you want to encrypt, right click on it, choose the item Protect this file from the context menu that opens and, using the program window that you see appear on the screen, set the password you want to use by typing it in the fields Password: e Confirm password:.
Finally, press the button Protect this file and the selected file will be replaced with a protected copy of the same, with the extension .pf_. Great, right?
You can then access the newly generated protected file again by double clicking on it and typing the previously set password in the window that will open on the screen. Then press the button Remove protection to finalize the operation.
Easy File Locker (Windows)
In an article focusing on what are the best programs to encrypt files, it is practically impossible not to mention the name of Easy File Locker. It is in fact a free and light software for Windows operating systems that allows you to protect access to files and folders by setting an ad hoc password and, if necessary, making these elements invisible.
To download the program on your PC, connect to its website and click on the item Download (32-bit version) o Download (64-bit version), depending on the version of the operating system you are using.
To download complete, apri il file .exe ottenuto and click your Yes, its Next, its I Agree, back up Next, its install and to conclude on Finish.
Now that you see the Easy File Locker window on your desktop, press the button with the sheet and the "+" symbol at the top left and in the box that opens, click on the button [...] and select the file or folder you want to encrypt.
If instead of a single file you want to encrypt an entire folder, click on the button folder with "+" symbol in the upper left part of the program window and proceed in the same way as I just indicated.
So remove the check from the wording Accessible to make the chosen item inaccessible, decide whether to make the file or folder visible by ticking or removing according to the choice made the check box Visible and click on the button OK.
To conclude, select the path relative to the file or folder you have chosen to protect in the central part of the program window, click on the Chiave Gialla located at the top and set the password you want to use as protection in the two fields on the screen. Then press on OK twice in a row and close the program.
When you deem it appropriate, you will be able to access password-protected files and folders by starting Easy File Folder again, typing the password you set earlier, selecting the item to unlock, double-clicking on it, checking all the items in the further window that appears and clicking on OK.
PixelCryptor is an application different from the programs to encrypt files that I have already told you, through which it is possible to encrypt any type of document or folder using a photo as a password. It's free, easy to use and only works on Windows. Try it now and you will see that you will not regret it.
To download it to your computer, connect to the download page of the program on the website of Uptodown and click sul bottone Latest version at the top right then presses the button Download.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on Run, its Si and Next. Select the voice I accept the agreement e pigia anchors its Next three times, come on install and Finish.
Then start the program by double clicking on the icon added to the desktop and if you see a warning about the download of .NET Framework on your computer you agree to this, it is essential for PixelCryptor to work properly.
Once the PixelCryptor window is displayed, click on the button Encode Files (The blue book with padlock), select the files to be encrypted by pressing the button Add File, award your bottone Next at the bottom right and choose the photo to use as a password by first clicking on the central part of the program window.
Press on once again Next, indicate the name you want to assign to the final file and the location for saving on the computer by pressing the button with the folder which is on the right then press on Next and complete the whole procedure by pressing on Finishied. Here it is!
Then when you want, you can access your encrypted file by double clicking on it, pressing the center of the program window and selecting the image previously used as protection. Then press on Next twice, indicate the destination position by clicking on the button with the folder, awarded his Next and subsequently on Finishied. Done!
And if what you are using is a Mac and the file encryption program I mentioned at the beginning of the guide did not convince you, I suggest you try iSteg. It is in fact a free application specific for Apple-branded computers through which it is possible to hide any kind of file within images in JPG format to be protected by a special password without which they are inaccessible.
To download it to your computer, connect to the program's website and press the link Download iSteg 1.6.2 placed at the section Download.
When the download is complete, extract the compressed archive obtained and drag the iSteg icon that was present inside it into the folder Applications of macOS. Right click on it and select apri twice in a row to confirm your willingness to open the program by bypassing Apple's restrictions on unauthorized developers.
Once the software window appears on the desktop, click on the button [+] in correspondence with the wording Source Picture File: and open the image on the Mac you want to use to hide your file. Then press the button [+] placed next to the wording Source Text File: and select the file you want to protect within the image.
Then fill in the field under the heading Password: with the password with which you want to preserve access to the file, click on the button Process, specify the location for saving and press OK. You can also generate a random one by clicking on the button [+] next to the field for entering the secret word.
The image generated with the application can then be displayed as any other JPG file, therefore with an image viewer or a graphics program.
To view the encrypted file inside it will be necessary to use iSteg, opening the reference image through the section Soruce Picture File:, by typing the previously chosen password in the appropriate field, removing the check from the box Encode:pigging your pulse Process and indicating the location for saving.